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Groce, Illinois, enter Year 3 with high expectations

 ILLINOIS BASKETBALL 2014-15 DEPARTURES: Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey RETURNING: Tracy Abrams (out for season), Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu, Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill, Jaylon Tate, Maverick Morgan, Austin Colbert, Mike LaTulip NEWCOMERS: Ahmad Starks, Aaron Cosby, Leron Black, Michael Finke Illinois basketball head coach John Groce graduated from Taylor University about 20 years ago with a degree that had not ...

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Illini Déjà Vu?

The Illinois Fighting Illini had a 37-27 lead at the end of the first half. They did not score again until they trailed 41-37. The Illini would not recover after that. They would fall to the Michigan State Spartans by a score of 80-75.  Keith Appling scored 24 points to lead the Spartans in scoring, while Tracy Abrams led the Illini with 16 points. The real worry for Illini fans is will they recover from th ...

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State of the Illini

I know of no truer and more effective antidote to Illini fever than losing winnable games. Sitting at 6-0 heading into a home matchup against unranked Ohio State, Illinois gave up one pass completion…and lost. Still in control of their own Big Ten destiny, Illinois traveled to West Lafayette and gave up 21 first half points, dropping their second game in as many weeks. Brace yourself for this statement, bec ...

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University Of Illinois Gets Verbal From Quarterback Reilly O’Toole

Ron Zook made it clear once Jacob Charest left, that it would leave the door open for them to go after one or two more quarterbacks during the recruiting process this year. He followed through with that statement—Illinois got a solid verbal from Warrenville South quarterback, Reilly O’Toole. "I visited there many times, talked to the coaches a lot before making my decision and just being down there I feel r ...

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